Armed Forces Community Covenant Signed

HMS Mersey Scilly Armed Forces Covenant

On Tuesday 15th July, HMS Mersey hosted an historic signature ceremony for the final Armed Forces Community Covenant in the UK. The last of just over 400 such Covenants was signed whilst the ship was at anchor off St Mary's.

Commodore Jamie Miller, Naval Regional Commander Wales and Western England, signed the Covenant on behalf of the Royal Navy and Amanda Martin, Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly, led the civilian signatories which included representatives from across the islands and of course veterans.  

In the evening Canon Paul Miller, Chaplain to the Isles, hosted a service outside Star Castle Hotel to commission the Covenant. The Sunset Ceremony closed with a ceremonial guard of sailors and buglers from the Band of 6 Rifles as the White Ensign was lowered from the ramparts.

The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces. The aim of the Community Covenant is to encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their area and promote understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community. More information about the covenant can be found here

Publishing date: 
Wednesday, 16 July, 2014